Monday, 18 April 2011

Well, that was marvellous!

"Rad", "da bomb", "un-fun" and "not sunny enough" are all phrases that could not possibly be used to describe Sunday's inaugural edition of the Bristol Vintage Velo.

The sun shone, the riders came, ginger beer was quaffed, delicious cake was scoffed, lovely scenery was enjoyed, pedal-powered Ella Fitzgerald and the marvellous Hot Potato Syncopators entertained everyone, friendly marshalls ensured everyone's safety and Posh from Taylored Cycles kept even the most motheaten of bicycles rolling smoothly. An enormous round of thanks to everyone involved.

There are some more photos from the day here:

Colin Davies' photos on Flickr

Katie Aartse-Tuyn's photos on Facebook

Billy the Lens' photos on Flickr

Lizzie Thal-Jensen's photos on Facebook

Drew Batchelor's photos on Flickr

Deborah Jones' photos on Facebook

Roger Harbord's photos on Facebook

Martin McDonnell's photos on Facebook

Catherine Hicks' photos on Flickr

Kirsty McGaul's photos on Facebook

Ben from Better By Bike has also made this rather snazzy video. Enjoy!

Thursday, 14 April 2011

We're stuffed

Unfortunately the entry list and the reserve list for the ride are now full. If you know someone who won't be able to attend, drop us an email and we can transfer their entry. Otherwise, that's it!

Unfortunately we can't sell any tickets on the day due to insurance and capacity of the destination venue. If you've not got a ticket and were thinking of "tagging along", please don't for the same reasons.

Spectators for the grande depart are welcome.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

No time to make do and mend before Sunday?

Don't worry, help is at hand. Take your shillings to St Nicks market and avail yourself of a beautiful vintage outfit at Custard House Clothing. Already chosen your finest apparel? You could win a £20 voucher that they have kindly donated to the Vintage Velo grand raffle!

Not only that, but the lovely people at No 1 Harbourside have been good enough to offer a meal for two in their historic waterfront setting, and the Lanes have donated free bowling for a lucky winner and five friends!

Heartfelt thanks to all the local businesses who are supporting the Vintage Velo. Toodle pip!

Monday, 11 April 2011

We're full up!

It gives us great pleasure to announce that our event has reached capacity. Congratulations to those that got a place, commiserations to those who didn't.

If you would like to be put on the reserve list for the event, or volunteer to help out on the day, send us a missive at

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Gentlemens guide to looking dapper

Gentlemen! Read on to create your vintage look...

The lovely chaps from Ape to Gentleman provided this handy guide to all the styles available when supporting the noble cause that is Movember:

If you want to grow even more hair on your face, check out this beard maintenance guide


Don't let the ladies steal all the limelight, there are a few vintage styles guaranteed to turn heads - here are some from Beauty and the Bath:

The Ramon Navarro
- The suave centre-parter

The John Barrymore - the slick back master

Wallace Reid - side parting impressario

If you don't wish all that bother styling hair, there are an array of hats you can use:

The Victorian crime fighter

Country weekender

Master Punter

Victorian Commuter

Cautious Mariner

Thursday, 7 April 2011

"A handbag!"

Not just any handbag but a beautiful chocolate affair from the lovely folks at Clifton Cakes who not only make the delicious items, but have kindly donated one for the Vintage Velo raffle!

Tremendous thanks to them, and also to Atmosphere Bikes who have donated a wonderful Keep You Going kit which will probably come in mighty useful for those of you with very vintage velocipedes.

We're also mighty grateful to Motel on Park Street who have promised us a vintage goody bag to raffle - top news for vintage fans! Plus, the lovely Watershed have given us a couple of pairs of tickets to raffle - the lucky winners will be able to enjoy their pick of independent pictures or one of the upcoming Easter family films.

There are even more terrific prizes to be announced so don't forget to bring some great british pounds to support our raffle and hopefully win one of these super prizes.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Cox and Baloney's vintage boutique are on board!

We're very excited to announce that the lovely ladies from Cox and Baloney's Vintage Boutique will be serving hot drinks and food at the Vintage Velo Village Hall after the ride.

Served on their beautiful vintage china, there will be tea, coffee, a delightful selection of cakes and sandwiches for sale to help raise funds for the Bristol Cycle Festival.
The vintage velo team will also be hosting a bar serving soft and and hard tipples to enjoy whilst you enjoy the entertainment, fun and games.

If you can't wait until then, visit their shop at 182 Cheltenham road (Just down from the Arches, next to Colston girls school) - you can purchase pre-ride vintage clothing and accessories in the boutique and sample thier wares in the tearoom.

Check them out at:

Monday, 4 April 2011

Bespoked Bristol Handmade Cycle Show

We're pleased to announce that the Vintage Velo is being supported by Bespoked Bristol, a handmade and boutique bicycle show which will open its doors on 11th and 12 of June.

Come along to the Vintage Velo and you could win a pair of tickets to the launch event. The show features a huge range of exhibitors, including many that give a nod to the beautiful designs of yesteryear, and you'll have a chance to see them all without being jostled by the hoi polloi.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

I say, have you bought your ticket yet? Don't miss out!

What Ho Ladies & Gentlemen!

It is our very great pleasure to announce that the tickets for the Bristol Vintage Velo are selling very quickly

This is a ticketed event - and tickets need to be bought in advance - so don't miss your chance to join in possibly the most civilised event in the calendar!

It's only £5 and all in aid of the Bristol Cycle Festival in September - sign up now and ensure your place on the ride!

The ride will be a 10 mile round trip through the most beautiful country estates near Bristol, with ginger beer stops and games and a village fete in the middle.

For your enjoyment the fete will include entertainment from the Hot Potato Syncopators, interesting games, and sandwiches, cakes, cream teas and the odd alcoholic beverage for those who might like to imbibe.

Make sure you and your chums don't miss out!

Off to polish up the cycle croquet mallets now - Toodle Pip!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Nothing ages like the future

Nothing ages quite the same way as things were were originally designed to look futuristic, and bicycles are no exception. From adverts that equate cycling to space travel, to bikes designed to tap into the 1980s arcade game craze, we take a look at a few examples of retro-future design.